Symposium 2015

"Engaging with Industry"

The Symposium delegates at the shadow of Arthur's Seat (EASTBIO Symposium, Edinburgh, 15-16 June 2015) 

The EASTBIO Annual Symposium 2015 "Engaging with Industry" took place in Edinburgh, at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls Campus, on Monday 15 June to Tuesday 16 June. Sincere thanks to our speakers for their truly engaging talks and the discussions these generating in the course of the Symposium: Manfred Auer (Edinburgh), Caroline Barelle (University of Aberdeen), Denise Barrault (Edinburgh), David Gray (Dundee), Ann Lewendon (Aberdeen), John March (Big DNA), and Jason Swedlow (University of Dundee). We also wish to thank Jeff Brady from Axis-Shield Diagnostics and Max Bylesjo from Fios Genomics, both PIPS providers companies, and Harsh Vaidya (Innovation Forum), Lucy Robertson and Jamie Love (Entreprise Campus) for sharing their insights on  turning research into commercial applications.

Congratulations to all our first and second-year students who gave poster presentations and pitched their ideas in front of our panel of Dragons. The winners of the EASTBIO prizes 2015 are:

Poster presentations:


  • Kathryn Grant (Agriculture & Food Security)
  • Ben Rutter (Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy)
  • Frances Vaughan (Bioscience for Health)
  • Omar A. Alfituri (World Class Bioscience)


Dragons' Den competition:

Winner was the Food Security group:

  • Jennifer Harbottle
  • Sarah Heath
  • Heather Mathie

Please note
: Comments by judges on your poster are available upon request. Please email EASTBIO to request individual input.

Symposium Presentations:

Robert Hardwick, “The BBSRC vision for delivering world-class doctoral training

Plenary talks:

* Manfred Auer, “Technology development for hit, lead and tool compound discovery in industry and academia. How to succeed in both worlds?"

* Caroline Barelle, “Giving birth to a new biotech company - Where is the pain relief!”

* Denise Barrault, “Stories of collaboration between industry and academia - from both sides of the fence"

* David Gray, “There and back again”

* Ann Lewendon, “Intellectual Property - Why it matters

* John March, “From animal vaccines to human cancers- from the bench to the boardroom and adventures in between

* Jason Swedlow, “Skating on several edges:  The power of open source technology for scientific communities and commercialisation"

Guest speakers Caroline Barelle (Aberdeen) and Harch Vaidya (Innovation Forum) with EASTBIO students, Amy Fraser, Laura Glendinning and Sarah Heath.


Talks at the session Converting your research discoveries  to industrial applications:

* Harsh Vaidya, “Supporting biotechnology innovation through grassroots approach"

* Lucy Robertson & Jamie Love, “Enterprise Campus

PIPS talks:

Jeff Brady, Axis-Shield Diagnostics, Dundee

Max Bylesjo, Fios Genomics, Edinburgh






For the Symposium programme, please click on the poster image: